Union minister Uma Bharti Sunday said she had demanded a CBI probe into the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam but since the state government chose to give it to the STF, the agency should be given some time.
Bharti’s statement came a day after the Congress released documents alleging that she had recommended more than a dozen candidates who were illegally selected for contractual teachers’ posts.
On a visit to Madhya Pradesh, the Union minister accused the Congress of playing “dirty politics” and “trying to belittle the issue by tossing my name”.’
The former chief minister said she was surprised when her name was first dragged in December last year. She had then said the probe should be handed over to the CBI because the scam had links to other states. In a letter released on Sunday, Uma Bharti, whose equations with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan are far from cordial, referred to her original demand but said because the STF was tasked with the probe it’s better to remain neutral and let the agency do its job for some time since the future of students was at stake.